Friday Sports Briefs

casselPatriots to Use Franchise Tag on Cassel

Connecticut Sports Law has discussed Patriots Quarterback Matt Cassel and his golden opportunity of becoming a starting quarterback in the last year of his contract.   Having outperformed everyone’s expectations, not to mention the uncertainty concerning Tom Brady’s status, Cassel has become a very valuable commodity and is ready to cash in.  Accordingly, it was no surprise that the Patriots used the franchise tag to either retain Cassel’s services or ensure that they will receive compensation for him.  For more on Cassel and the workings of the NFL salary cap, see Andrew Brandt’s article on the National Football Post.

The Rise of the Huskies

Chris Elsberry of the Connecticut Post wrote an interesting 3-part article on the UConn Athletic Program, entitled “UConn athletics: Something to Embrace.”

Here’s a quote of UConn AD Jeff Hathaway from Elsberry’s piece:

It gave the university community and it gave the state of Connecticut something to embrace, something to wrap their arms around, whether you were an alumni of the university or just a fan or friend.  That success gave people something to believe in and call their own, and in so many ways became the pride of the state of Connecticut.

Accolades Continue to Roll in for UConn’s Donald Brown

Sox and Dawgs reports that Donald Brown has been named ECAC Player of the Year.  What is the ECAC?

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 321 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois.

Rex Sox Off-Season Approach

Alex Speir of wrote an interesting piece on the low-risk, high reward approach to free agency of the Red Sox.

For now, the only thing that is clear is that the Sox have assumed almost no additional risk this offseason, while giving themselves at least a chance to improve upon the 95-win club of a year ago.

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